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As long as Taiwan insists on having an "official" apology that goes beyond the diplomatic position of the Philippines regarding which China it recognizes OFFICIALLY, it is hitting its head against a brick wall - nothing to do with how contrite or sincere the Philippnes side is. |
The only way for Taiwan to get an OFFICIAL apology is to ask Beijing to demand and receive such an apology on behalf of the Fisherman's Family. This OFFICIAL apology will be made to China, which is one grade higher than the apology to the Taiwanese fisherman's family, if that is what Taiwan really wants on the Fisherman's Family's behalf. It weil be entirely for the benefit of the Fisherman's Family, but not for the Taiwan government in Taipei, because it would make the Taipei government look UNOFFICIAL. So, one would not fault Taipei if it would rather not take this route. However, if China puts pressure on the Philippines on behalf of the Fisherman's Family, the Philippines might very well have to take this route, to the detriment of the OFFICIAL-NESS of the Taiwanese government.
As for the invitation for a joint investigation, the Philippines Secretary of the Dept of Justice has just withdrawn it as unconstitutional and a violation of the sovereignty of the Philippines. Now, it is anybody's guess if the Philippines is doing it because Taipei was being too demanding, or because it found a smoking gun, literally, about its intentional killing of the Taiwanese fisherman, i.e., the shots were intended to hit the fisherman, as much as to disable the engine of the fishing vessel.
Refusing to learn the dismal lesson of what a separatist position is costing Taiwan in EEZ rights, sovereignty rights, and now, human life, the government of Taipei insists on widening the spat to a people-to-people ethnic conflict because there are few if any Taiwanese in the Philippines, and nearly 90,000 Filipinos working in Taiwan, by targeting their visas and their jobs, Filipinos who actually love Taiwan, serve Taiwan, and benefit Taiwan, all because a dozen Filipino Coast Guards may have exceeded their authority and killed a Taiwanese fisherman, when the logical solution to Taiwan's eroding sovereign rights and EEZ rights vis-a-vis Japan, Vietnam and the Philippines, was for Taiwan to join forces with the China they all recognize diplomatically, and thus get the due respect they deserve as a province of China. Tell the truth and they shut their ears. But when they get ignored or seemingly slighted, they are up in arms against innocent Filipinos working in Taiwan, cleaning their latrines, their homes, and feeding their children, while they earn bigger salaries in Taiwan factories.
Two wrongs do not make a right. Face it, Taiwan is not a sovereign country in the eyes of the Philippines, Japan or the USA, even. That the President of the Philippines was willing to apologize to a Taiwanese fisherman, on a personal basis, is not an insult to the Taiwanese people, but a gesture of immense goodwill and sincerity.